NFL approves Rams to LA, Chargers option to join

Posted at 6:27 PM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 00:38:01-05

The St. Louis Rams will return to the area they left 20 years ago -- and it looks like the San Diego Chargers will join them.

On Tuesday, NFL owners voted 30-2 to approve the Rams' move to Inglewood, California. The Chargers will have the option to join the Rams in Inglewood, though NFL insider Ian Rapoport said the option "does create a window for the city of San Diego to potentially hold on to their team."

The Chargers, Rams and Raiders were the three likely candidates to move to the LA area -- the same area the Rams and Raiders moved out of after the 1994 season. The Rams have played in St. Louis and the Raiders have played in Oakland since the 1995 season.

The Chargers were a charter member of the American Football League and began play in Los Angeles in 1960, but moved to San Diego after just one season in LA. They joined the NFL in 1970.